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News: Whitebait season has started off at the mouth of Marokopa with many whitebaiters fishing from their stands with different types of rigs and nets. Many have travelled as far as Northland for the best fishing spot being Marokopa. Henry (pictured) and Ann Clothier, of Tirau have created a net which is easier to pull up due to Henry having an accident. Ann cooked Whitebait fritters in their motor home. 

Whitebaiters head home happy

"We have had reports of one person catching 250 kilograms in a single season."

Charge her up and go

Sytse Tacoma with the electric motorbike he built, which can reach 100kmh in four seconds.

12:01 PM  "They had a big array of all these fluids for the bikes and I've got a charger and a plug, and that's it."

Raising the bar

Community of Learning looks to improve reading, writing and arithmetic in Marlborough.

Prepared to tackle any fire

Waikakaho Valley fire shows Marlborough has one of the slickest operations in the country.

Unprovoked attack on taxi driver

"We were just talking about the day, and how good the day was, and then 'bam'."

Man loses wallet, screams at wife

"She understands sometimes he uses inappropriate language. She's very supportive."

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'I'd hate to go back to paper'

Marlborough District Council chief information officer Stacey Young says putting council property files online allows them to be more customer-centric.

Little old Blenheim is right up with Rio de Janeiro and Amsterdam.

Greenhouses ripped to shreds

"We haven't got our hand out begging for money, we just want people to come and buy their Christmas presents here."

App to replace Sounds Bible

Man drags ex through front gate


Dressage quartet shine

Marlborough duo Janelle Sangster-Ward and Dunstan Astek Ghisella with the spoils of victory.

Janelle Sangster-Ward was the standout performer among a quartet of Marlborough dressage exponents at the 35th FEI World Dressage Challenge.

Tasman golfers good to go

Young Nelson golfer Eve Clarke will play number one for the Tasman women's team in Ashburton.

The Tasman women’s golf team are keen to improve their ranking at the New Zealand women’s interprovincial tournament which begins on Tuesday in Ashburton.

Tasman bounce back to end day one on winning note

Tasman's Sam Nicholls in action on day one of the Toro men's interprovincial golf tournament.

Tasman ended day one of the Toro men's interprovincial golf tournament on a high with an impressive 4-1 afternoon win over Hawke's Bay helping to ease the disappointment of a first round loss to Auckland.

Junior Sports Results

Patrick Moran eyes up a Wairau White delivery during fourth grade cricket on Saturday while batting for Wairau Valley Tua Marina at Oliver Park in Blenheim.

Junior sports had Marlborough children engaged in variety of activities over the last week, on courts, fields and the water.

Blenheim Polo weekend a winner

Matt O’Sullivan playing for the McCarthy Contracting team during the first round of the South Island Open polo league at Rewi Murray Polo Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

The Canterbury Equine South Island Open polo league got underway in Blenheim on Saturday and Sunday, with success on and off the field.


Balancing industry and ecology

A mussel farm in Clova Bay in outer Pelorus Sound.

OPINION: If environmentally sacrificing vast areas of the Sounds is the only way we can economically sustain this industry then clearly we have a problem.

SATIRE: Principals check Google history

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SATIRE: Mum happy with 'Sit At Home' exams as her teenage son only likes to study in his bedroom with the door locked.

Breaking the cycle of violence

Community Corrections officer Nathan Harmon, left, Blenheim community constable Russ Smith and Barnardos Marlborough manager Mike Henderson ran this year's White Ribbon Day Campaign.

OPINION: Maataa Waka men's stopping violence programme co-ordinator Malcolm Pitman challenges men to take a stand against domestic violence.

Climate marchers stand for freedom

Marlborough woman Christine Smith is encouraging people to support the upcoming climate change march in Seymour Square, Blenheim on November 28.

OPINION: Climate Karanga member Penny Wardle talks about the need to take action in the face of slow decision making by world leaders around climate change.

Civic centre 'breeding mistrust among ratepayers'

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith.

Kaikoura MP Staurt Smith weighs-in on the ongoing Kaikoura civic centre building saga.


Seaweed feeds wine industry

Marlborough marine farmer Mick Norton has turned kelp waste into a popular plant food.

A Marlborough man has produced plant feed for vineyards using giant kelp.

Orchardist's bold return to region's horticulture history

Marlborough stonefruit orchardist Jenny Saggers, of Northridge Orchards,  wants to supply tree ripened fruit to the public

A Marlborough couple have gone back to the region's past to grow stonefruit among the grape vines.

Good fellow honoured

Plant and Food scientist Dr Mike Trought was made a fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers for his contributions to the wine industry.

"Science is fun. Having the opportunity to play, and be paid for it, to ask and then watch the results of your efforts used in the field."

Kiwi wines win big overseas

Crown Range Cellar managing director Jing Song, left, and Crown Range Cellar co-founder Grant Taylor are overwhelmed their pinot noir was awarded at trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC)

An unlikely friendship between a veteran winemaker and a young woman from China has resulted in continued success on the world stage.

'Confrontational' letter seeking government support criticised

Closer relationships needed with central government to care for the Sounds, says Marlborough Sounds Integrated Management Trust chairman Eric Jorgensen.

Marlborough Sounds stakeholders seek government support to protect marine environment

Your Marlborough

Life is what you make of it

Harmony Poi, left, pictured with her Work and Income case worker Gayle Rae. Harmony completed a limited service volunteer (LSV) course at Burnham Military Camp near Christchurch and is hoping for full time career in the Airforce.

Kaikoura's Harmony Poi decided her "bum" lifestyle would get her nowhere so she took up the chance to study and enroll in an military course, changing her life forever.

Top reward for hard work

Kaikoura Gymnastics Club gymnast of the year Ayla Sweeney.

Young gymnast Ayla Sweeney has been named Kaikoura Gymnastics Club gymnast of the year following an outstanding year of training and competing.

Turning waste into a race-winner

A zero waste raft race is planned for Kaikoura in January. Pictured is the More FM Raft Race held in Blenheim each year.

A zero waste raft race is being held in Kaikoura in January.

Tug-o-war on the way

The first Kaikoura community tug-o-war is just around the corner.

Kaikoura's first community tug-o-war competition is just around the corner.

Stick to the three boat rule

A playful dolphin shows off in the Marlborough Sounds.

Department of Conservation partnerships ranger Wendy Sullivan continues her series on boating around marine mammals with a piece on the three boat rule.

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